Savanna City’s only girls team – Young City FC – seeks community support

In 2021, Young City FC emerged as a beacon of empowerment in the Savanna City RDP, becoming the sole local soccer team with female players with teams from U11s to U19s. Their mission? To empower young women through sports while nurturing an environment where girls can unlock their full potential on the field.

Despite limited resources, the team passionately trains on a makeshift field near the traffic circle in the entrance to Savanna City RDP section. Last week, their U11 squad triumphed 4-1, while the U15 team narrowly missed victory with a 2-1 score. Now, they have an upcoming tournament – the Babibize Bonke Ladies Top 16 Tournament – scheduled for 25/26 November at the Botsotso Grounds in Katlehong, but they face a significant hurdle.

To participate in the tournament, they require a registration fee of R550 per team, along with funds for transportation and refreshments. Coach Sebongile Serathi (25), a former Sasol league player with seven years of experience, recognised the girls’ passion and determination. This led her to become their coach, providing invaluable training to these young talents.

The U19 mixed team

Young City FC also faces another pressing challenge: the scarcity of equipment. Serathi told Walkerville & Savanna City Times: “We lack the basics, like enough soccer balls for passing drills, trapping, and handling. Furthermore, due to the absence of other female soccer teams in Savanna City and limited funds for travel, I’ve had to mix them with the boys’ team for tournaments. Despite this, they’ve managed to win two to three games.”

Coach Serathi’s vision extends beyond these local victories; she aspires to put her team on the map and showcase their talents to the world, hoping to see them gain recognition akin to Banyana Banyana. She added: “I am proud of my players and hope that one day they will find success and represent our community globally.”

In a plea to the community, Young City FC seeks any form of assistance, particularly regarding funds for travel, lunch and other expenses and equipment such as soccer balls, cones, and field markers. If you wish to support this promising team, please contact Sebongile Serathi on 069 281 6238.

The power of community support can propel these young female athletes toward their dreams, making them champions on and off the field.

Young City FC mixed players

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